|Chip form factors||Flip-chip pin grid array (FC-PGA2)|
|Contacts||479 on the socket, 478 on the processor|
|FSB frequency||400 MT/s, 533 MT/s|
|Processors||Intel Pentium M
Intel Celeron M
This article is part of the CPU socket series
Socket 479 (mPGA479M) is the CPU socket for the Intel Pentium M and Celeron M, mobile processors. Normally used in laptops, but has also been used with Tualatin-M Pentium III processors. The official naming by Intel is µFCPGA and µPGA479M.
There existed three electrically incompatible, but physically identical, versions of this socket:
- for Pentium III-M (released in 2001);
- for Pentium M and Celeron M 3xx (this was the most common version of the socket, and was released in 2003); and
- a version compatible with Socket M for Intel Core, Core 2 and Celeron M 4xx and 5xx processors.
Socket 479 has 479 pin holes. Although physically similar, the Socket 479 has a different electrical pin-arrangement from Socket 478, making it impossible to use a Pentium M processor in a normal 478 board even though it fits in a Socket 478. For this reason manufacturers like Asus have made drop-in boards (e.g. CT-479) which let you use Socket 479 processors, despite the fact that the Pentium M Processors for this socket have only 478 pins.
Chipsets which employ this socket for the Pentium M are the Intel 855GM/GME/PM and Intel 915GM/GMS/PM. While the Intel 855GME chipset supports all Pentium M CPU's, the Intel 855GM chipset does not officially support 90 nm 2MB L2 cache (Dothan core) models (even though it works, it only works at 400FSB, some 3rd party/user was able to overclock the FSB on 855GM/GME/PM to support 533FSB Dothan Core). The other difference is the 855GM chipset graphics core runs at 200 MHz while the 855GME runs at 250 MHz. In 2006, Intel released the successor to Socket 479 with a revised pinout for its Core processor, called Socket M. This socket has the placement of one pin changed from the Pentium M version of Socket 479; Socket M processors will physically fit into a Socket 479, but are electrically incompatible with most versions of the socket. Socket M supports a 667 MT/s FSB with the Intel 945PM/945GM chipsets.
- List of Intel microprocessors
- List of Intel Pentium M microprocessors
- List of Intel Celeron microprocessors
- Socket 479 (µPGA479M), CPU-World, retrieved 2009-01-07
- ASUS CPU Adaptor Brings Quiet and Cool Performance of Notebook Processor to Desktop Computing
- Intel 855GM/855GME Chipset Platform Design Guide (PDF)